The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world
are the ones who do.
- Steve Jobs
Their mission is to inspire, engage, and empower African Americans to reach their full potential and to become leaders in the world that will positively impact their communities.
The BCA provides mentorship, professional development and leadership development opportunities for over 2,000 members.
The Cybersecurity industry is constantly evolving hence the need for cyber experts will always be on the rise. However, because the Cybersecurity domains are vast, it can be challenging for many to find their niche in this industry. Using this blog site, I hope to connect with others, while helping individuals navigate their career in cybersecurity by sharing resources, mentoring, networking, training and answer any questions you may have.
CybHER provides resources for women and girls, from middle school through college and into professional careers, with the goal of empowering, motivating, educating, and changing the perception of girls and women in cybersecurity. Its most notable project is GenCyber Girls in CybHER Security Camp — supported by the NSA and the largest girls-only residential camp in the country.
The Diana Initiative is a non-profit corporation that encourages diversity and supports women who want to pursue a career in information security. The initiative also provides scholarships to three students for its annual conference.
The next conference focused on Women, Diversity, and Inclusion in Information Security: August 4-5, 2021 in Las Vegas, NV.
Founded in 1999 by SANS, GIAC provides more than 20 job-based cyber security certifications, including assessments in information security, forensics and software security.
If you’re interested in a GIAC credential, you might wish to investigate:
- GSEC: GIAC Security Essentials Certification
- GPEN: GIAC Certified Penetration Tester
- GCIH: GIAC Certified Incident Handler
InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and members of the private sector. The InfraGard program provides a vehicle for seamless public-private collaboration with government that expedites the timely exchange of information and promotes mutual learning opportunities relevant to the protection of Critical Infrastructure. With thousands of vetted members nationally, InfraGard's membership includes business executives, entrepreneurs, military and government officials, computer professionals, academia and state and local law enforcement; each dedicated to contributing industry specific insight and advancing national security.
InfraGard has 79 chapters with more than 62,000 members nationwide helping to protect and defend critical infrastructures. At the chapter level, members meet to discuss threats and other matters that impact their companies. The meetings—led by a local governing board and an FBI agent who serves as InfraGard coordinator—give everyone an opportunity to share experiences and best practices.
Formed in 1969, ISACA is a global non-profit that provides practical guidance, benchmarks and effective tools for all enterprises that use information systems. It hosts a Knowledge Center where members can participate in communities, shared interest groups, discussions and document sharing. In addition, its Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) is a central location for cybersecurity research, education, guidance and certifications. ISACA has been around for a long time and has a good reputation.
The organization offers certifications in CISA, CGEIT, CRISC and CISM: Certified Information Security Manager. Like CompTIA and CISSP, CISM was named to KnowledgeNet’s list of Top Ten Cyber Security Certifications for 2018.
(ISC)² offers a large number of information security certifications, including SSCP, CAP and CISSP. Members have access to an extensive range of resources, including a job board, e-Symposium, networking and a Chapter Program where peers can share knowledge, exchange resources, collaborate on projects and create new ways to earn CPE credits.
(ISC)²’s banner certification is the globally-recognized CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional.
CISSP holders work as security managers, directors of security, network architects, security analysts – pretty much anyone in a senior management position. The program covers 10 domains, including access control, network and operations security, governance and risk management, legal issues and more.
The Information Systems Security Association International (ISSA) sponsors leadership training, mentoring, and networking programs for all cybersecurity professionals. It has a special interest group for women who strive to enhance their knowledge of cybersecurity as a whole and promotes the involvement of women in the field.
Their scholarships support cybersecurity students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
CISA released the Cyber Career Pathways Tool, which is designed for individuals looking to start a career in cybersecurity, considering a change within the cyber field, college students, managers, and workforce development specialists interested in the cyber ecosystem.
This tool will help individuals identify, build, and navigate a potential cyber career pathway by increasing understanding of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to begin, transition, or advance a cyber career.
WiCyS is a community of engagement, encouragement and support for women in cybersecurity.
WiCyS is the premier organization with international reach dedicated to bringing together women in cybersecurity from academia, research and industry to share knowledge, experience, networking and mentoring.
Established in 2012 by Dr. Ambareen Siraj of Tennessee Tech University through a National Science Foundation grant, WiCyS is a non-profit organization offering many membership, sponsorship and collaboration benefits.
Incorporated in 1985 and an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), cultivates and supports the advancement and recognition of women in all aspects of national security — including cybersecurity. The WID Annual National Conference features keynote speakers from NASA, NSA, DHS, CyberCom and StratCom.
WISP promotes the development, advancement, and inclusion of women in the cybersecurity field. WISP’s calendar is an excellent resource providing a list of their own innovative events alongside other women in cyber events, and various security and hacker conferences in the U.S.
WIT aims to advance the education and professional opportunities for girls and women in the information security and technology space by focusing on careers, education, networking, and communicating with experts.
Women Leading Privacy is a space for women cybersecurity professional to give and get career support, to help advance women in the field, and to expand their personal and professional networks
WSC is a non-profit for women in cyber. Cyberjutsu sounds like a martial art — and Jiggets is a 10th-degree black belt with credentials that include MBA, CISSP, ECSA, C|EH, SCNP, MCSE, CCNA, SCSA, Network+, and A+. Her organization provides training, networking, mentorship, and a job board.